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Sea Fisheries Committees

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to increase the representation of recreational sea anglers on Sea Fisheries Committees; and if he will make a statement. (177664)

Recreational sea anglers are currently represented on each SFC. All appointments to SFCs made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State last for a maximum of four years and the current round of appointments will end on 30 June 2009. The Marine Bill White Paper set out proposals to reform SFCs in England, including adjustments to their membership structure to improve decision-making and local stakeholder involvement. Sea anglers will continue to be represented on reformed SFCs but I have not at this stage made any decisions regarding the future level of that representation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recreational sea angling representatives were on each Sea Fisheries Committee in each year since 1997. (177667)

All appointments to SFCs made by the Secretary of State last for a four year period. For the appointment periods 2001-05 and 2005-09, each SFC had the following number of appointees with a known interest in sea angling (information for 1997-2001 is not readily accessible in the format required):

SFC

2001-05

2005-09

Cornwall

1

2

Cumbria

0

1

Devon

1

2

Eastern

0

2

Isles of Scilly

1

1

Kent and Essex

1

2

Northumberland

1

2

North Eastern

3

4

North Western and North Wales

1

2

Southern

1

1

Sussex

1

2

Within the above appointment periods, the level of angler representation may have varied in some instances where vacancies have arisen due to resignations.

Members appointed by the Secretary of State are required to represent all the local fishing and marine environmental interests in the SFC district in a balanced way. Appointees are reminded that they should not regard themselves as representing any one particular interest, and may have experience across several sectors.

Appointments to South Wales SFC are a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.